How do you judge a restaurant?
Oscar season for the restaurant industry…
But, how do you judge a restaurant?
It’s a tricky one. Because we get invited to a new restaurant opening and it’s
so awesome and shiny we flick flack out of there only to hear 4 months later
that the place is closing down? Other launches we attend leave us largely
unimpressed (they really could have given us MCC…) and what do you know, that
restaurant is still going strong.
Cape Town food journalist Tony Jackman
recently wrote a column saying longevity is a
good way to judge a restaurant’s greatness, but by the same token – there are
great chefs out there who have not managed to overcome the economic climate and
diners, no matter how much experience and skill they have.
And the winner is…
editor Abigail Donnelly is judging the annual Eat Out Awards
solo this year with input from reader reviews and a panel of professional
reviewers. These awards are the pinnacle of achievemnet for a restaurant or
chef in South Africa and it is a great honour to be shortlisted for the Top 20 let
alone make it to the Top 10.
The inaugural Top
10 Places to Eat Cape Town awards have just been launched, to possibly
rival Eat Out, and although there is dissent
amongst certain foodies as to the selection process of these awards the view
was to include places that are not intimidating in a “fine dining” sort of way.
Harder, one would think, to whittle down a Top 10 here than for a “fine dining”
Top 10 Places to Eat Jozi?
Joburg readers are always in a flap about the fact that they only ever have a
couple of representatives in the Eat Out Awards every year. But are there
really any more restaurants in Joburg that match up to their Western Cape
counterparts? I mean do you see anyone organizing a Top 10 places to Eat Jozi
Would be nice though wouldn’t it? Because as much as we whine about how and who
got into the Top 10 of this or Top 20 of that – it’s a way to get us talking
about restaurants and give them the recognition they mostly deserve, and hell,
if it gives diners a few good choices then let’s have more of them!
But then we are back at square one… what is the fairest way to judge who makes
it onto these distinguished lists?
Should there be a bigger panel of judges per region? Should the people vote?
What do you think is fair criteria for who makes it and who doesn’t?